Community: one of the core strengths of JWI
Community is the “classroom” that many lessons are learned. Learning to live with an intentionally diverse group of people teaches patience, acceptance, conflict resolution – and in the end leads to family. But more than just their fellow students, Joshua students get to interact with Hume Lake Staff, “Pause” families that adopt groups of students for the year, “Catalyst” (sometimes retired) couples who come to share their wisdom for a week or two at a time, and the Joshua Staff who intentionally mentor each student throughout the year. Much of what students take away from the year is learned in, and through, intentional relationships.
One on Ones
We have a discipleship minded staff that takes time with students throughout the year in both formal and informal conversations. Each student is followed through the year by a staff member, and has 5 scheduled meetings to discuss goals, faith, progress and challenges. Our Resident Directors spend intentional one on one time with several students each week. Throughout the year staff has faith challenging conversations with students to help them address issues in their life and walk.
Our catalyst program is a wonderful opportunity for students to get involved in the lives of older people in a unique way. Each week a catalyst couple or individual will be living in the lodge day in and day out to share their life experience and to offer a listening ear, words of encouragement, and advice.
Hume is blessed to have 150 full time staff and families living in community and working in full-time ministry. They are a great resource to our students, both in their area of expertise, and in how to live a life of faith. As students work in different departments, they gain job skills and see a great example of putting gifts and talents to work for God’s glory.
We intentionally bring together a diverse group of Christian students with different family and educational backgrounds to live life together in the rock tumbler of Joshua. Different perspectives come out and shed new light on a students comfortable faith. Discussing class topics, facing conflict, laughing and crying, and shared ministry experiences create a community that students consider a part of their “family” for the rest of their lives
Hume has many great families who “adopt” a group of Joshua students for the year, giving them a “pause” from their crazy, sometimes hectic, Joshua life. They invite them in, share dinner, hang out, play games and live life with them. It’s nice to have a “Mom” around to hear your problems, a “Dad” to take you on adventures, and “siblings” to play with. When you live in a building with only college students, it’s easy to lose sight of the wisdom and input of other generations.
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